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Exercise Pitch Black: Several firsts for IAF in Australian skies

Prime News, National (New Delhi), August 20:- For the first time ever, the Indian Air Force participated with fighter aircraft in Exercise Pitch Black which concluded on August 18 in Darwin in Australia. The exercise was aimed at giving a unique opportunity for exchange of knowledge and experience with the participating nations in a dynamic warfare environment. During the exercise which began from 24 July and concluded on 18 August, the IAF contingent interacted with various countries, gained first-hand experience of training patterns, employment and operating philosophies of their combat assets.

The professionalism and work ethos of IAF pilots, technicians, Airmen and all participating Air-Warriors earned immense praise from all quarters during the exercise.

As part of the offensive forces during ex Pitch Black, IAF Super Hercules landed on a short dirt strip & inserted Spl Ops Vehicles with Engines on, spending minimum time on the ground in the threat [email protected]@Aus_AirForce

Over the last decade, the IAF has been actively participating in operational exercises hosted by various countries, wherein collaborative engagements have been undertaken with the best air forces in the world. The operational lessons learnt by IAF during the exercise will help in assisting the force in adding more teeth to its overall war waging capabilities and assist us in better joint man ship with the friendly nations. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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